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Letter to Editor: Neighbors right to voice opinions over proposed Johns Creek funeral home


January 13, 2014
Americans protesting against the construction of a funeral home near their homes is part of what makes the United States a great country. It celebrates our freedoms as outlined in our Bill of Rights. Some people feel that when Asian-Americans protest against the proposed funeral home that they are somehow not playing by our rules. For those who write that, "They must play by our rules," I am trying to figure out exactly by which rules they aren't playing. Voicing your opinion is quintessentially American.

Recently, plans for the construction of a funeral home near the corner of Medlock Bridge Road and Bell Road in Johns Creek came under fire from local residents. Residents were concerned about a wide variety of issues related to construction of a funeral home on the lots in question.

The demographics of the neighborhoods closest to the proposed funeral home show that over 50 percent of the population is of Asian (Chinese, Indian and Korean) descent. Asian Americans chose to purchase their homes in these neighborhoods in Johns Creek for many reasons. One of their considerations was that there were no funeral homes in the immediate area. For the Chinese and Koreans, funeral homes bring negative energy and bad luck to those living nearby. Indians (Hindu) also believe that is it important not to live near a funeral home. These are deeply held beliefs. When plans for funeral home construction became known, the residents of the neighborhood took action. While recognizing that the funeral home developer had the legal right to build on that property, the residents had the right to voice their opposition. The goal of the area residents (of all races and ethnicities) was to convince the developer of the funeral home that it was not in his economic best interests to build in that location. While the Asian community provides most of the energy involved in this fight, residents of all backgrounds were involved.

In a time when our First Amendment free speech rights are being eroded by big government and political correctness, it is refreshing and encouraging to see Americans standing up for what they believe.

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